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Re: Bad news!

Postby Crescent Pulsar R » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:06 am

I am afraid to use it!? @_@

Don't ask me why. I'm weird when it comes to these things.
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Re: Bad news!

Postby Crescent Pulsar R » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:10 pm

Okay, I looked into that RSS stuff, and everything I found on how to set it up just made me confused. All my brain seemed to get out of it was that the service I use needed to support SQL/PHP (which Angelfire doesn't), or I needed to go to another site, sign up, and set things up through them. If that sounds in any way wrong, you can blame whoever didn't explain these things clearly enough for an idiot like myself. The only other thing I learned is that a lot of blogs already have this feature, but I'll never have or use a blog. Period.
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Re: Bad news!

Postby frice2000 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:20 pm

Umm...that's mostly wrong and making mountains out of molehills. That's if you want it to do it automatically and fancily. You can make one yourself and just post it as an XML file linked to on your website. Lots of blogs and other sites do make automatic ones though yes. Like the New York times for example: http://www.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/index.html has feeds that update automatically because they have hundreds of articles posted a day, though they put a fancy graphical front end on it which is something you shouldn't worry about. You on can just take a very basic XML RSS file and just link and edit it manually, it's not hard. Here I'll do it for you copy this into whatever text editor you use and save it as an XML file:

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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<rss version="2.0">
<channel>

<title>Crescent Pulsar's Homepage</title>
<description>Crescent Pulsar's Fanfiction, Original Stories, and Captions</description>
<link>http://www.angelfire.com/anime/next/SCP/main.html</link>

<item>
<title>November 18'th</title>
<description>November 18th As you can see, I've finally gotten around to changing the look of my site. It should work and look a bit better than it did for some browsers, but I could care less about Internet Explorer and what it still fails to support in CSS...click for more</description>
<link>http://www.angelfire.com/anime/next/SCP/main.html</link>
</item>

<item>
<title>Fake I Updated a Story</title>
<description>I updated Charon and Sharing to Chapter 7 -   I stood before the closed door of my parent's bedroom, with my hair down, dressed in my nightgown and wearing fuzzy rabbit slippers. I had waited until this time to approach them because I felt that I couldn't involve anyone else, lest the multitude of people involved pushed Ranma away. Since I knew that bringing it up...click for more.</description>
<link>http://www.angelfire.com/anime/next/SCP/S/cas.html#chapter7</link>
</item>

<item>
<title>Someone made an RSS feed for me</title>
<description>Someone made me an RSS feed subscribe to it by clicking the link on my homepage.</description>
<link>http://www.angelfire.com/anime/next/SCP/S/main.html</link>
</item>

</channel>
</rss>


That if saved as an XML file could be used as a RSS feed. You then upload that as an XML file on your site. Provide a link to it on your navigation frame/bar/whatever it is. People 'subscribe' to it using an RSS feeder of their choice. Update it when you change stuff and those people who are subscribed get a alert. How? Because the RSS feeder on their end will check that file for changes every so often as it's configured. That's it all done to make it your own edit the stuff between title, description, and link to whatever you want. When you need more then three add another <item> followed by the other information following that same pattern. Save it as an XML file, done. Rinse repeat.

And as to the being afraid to use Dreamweaver thing...How will it hurt you? Keep an extra copy that you don't open up on Dreamweaver in case it breaks something. Try it. See if you like it, that's entirely legal thanks to it being a trial version from the official Adobe website, it's what it's their for. If you do acquire it through legal, hahaha $500+, or nefarious means and use it.
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Re: Bad news!

Postby Crescent Pulsar R » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:31 pm

I read about making the XML file somewhere, but there was nothing about what to do with it. It probably didn't help that I was expecting something about putting the RSS feed on the left side of the browser's URL thingy, which is where I usually see it. But if all I need to do is make a file like that, it seems easy enough for me to do.

And if it costs that much for Dreamweaver then I don't want anything to do with it. XD I don't use trials of anything anymore, for various reasons both rational and irrational. The irrational things are, of course, hard to explain with words. One of the rational reasons is simply that it's almost impossible for me to focus long enough on something to learn how to use it, especially if it's too new/different from what I'm used to. Even if I really want to use it. (For example, the Acid Music Studio 8 I got last January? I still haven't installed it even though I'd really like to make some music. I've had Gimp for two years and never once tried to draw a picture with it, even though I'd like to make some art and add that to my site.)
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Re: Bad news!

Postby frice2000 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:00 pm

The little icon you usually see in the browser comes form changing a couple things in the sites header I believe so that browsers know that there is an RSS feed, but really all that does in the first place is link to the RSS file anyway, so overall not that important. I beleive this is how you make that happen though adding this to the HTML codes <header> on your regular site. At least it's something like that.

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<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml"
   href="feed.rss" title="RSS feed for My Page">
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